I know Viberg is a bit more of a workboot, but my one nitpick is that as thins price point the boot came with some more dings and scratches than I would expect
How you owned chromexcel before? I ask because chromexcel, in my experience, easily shows nicks and scratches, but cleans up nicely. I think this may have come more from shipping than from the Viberg operation.
I own like 8 or 10 pairs of chromexcel and am very familiar with it. If it were anything surface that could be brushed or buffed out I wouldn't mention it. These are deeper scratches. Thank you for your concern though
Fok, how much time should I give these before I consider heel grippers of some sort? Or try more socks? Fit is fine except for some heel slip.
What thickness sock are you wearing? I ask because I have worn my boots with a light hiker and a bit thicker dress sock and noticed much more heel slip with the dress sock. These Danner socks (similar to smart wool) are a perfect match for me with these boots. The extra thickness helps but my foot does not get hot. Might be worth a try for you?